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January 11, 2011 10:29:10 AM

hey guys new here and i need some help on my first the processor i want is an AMD, what do you think is a much better GPU a PC HD5770 OC 1gb ddr5 hdmi PCS+ or a PC HD6850 1gb ddr5 hdmi? and i want a Win7 64 bit included in the busget. i don't know about the other parts so what would you guys suggest? im trying to keep the rig within that budget range :) , by the way i'm from the philippines..


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January 11, 2011 10:40:07 AM

It will be easier for all if you set out the thread like this:

Firstly, the 6850 would be a much better GPU. What resolution will you be gaming at?

As a quick suggestion to the build (off to a meeting in a minute) you are looking for something like:

AMD Phenom II 955/965
Asus mobo, either of the 770/870 set (for no XFire)
Corsair 650W PSU
AMD 6850 GPU
4gb DDR3 RAM (G Skill, Corsair, Mushkin are good brands) ideally 1333/1600mhz
Antec 300 case
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb HDD
Hyper 212+ (good cooler, good price)
Windows 7 Home OEM
Any cheap DVD Drive

Not sure what this will come to, but with combos hopefully will be close to the mark, you may need to downgrade to a RANA Tricore AMD CPU to save money.

I am sure someone will come with links and prices for you, if not I will be more thorough later
January 11, 2011 5:07:45 PM

I ordered this rig last week and built it this morning, for my first build and it is running awesome. Once the 2 rebates clear the final cost to build would be $649 (including shipping for me).

Antec 300 Illusion (I got it for $55 on sale so you could pick a different case)
Athlon x3 Rana 3.2 - $80
Asrock 870 mobo - $90
Ripjaw 4GB 1333 - $49
Lite-On DVD - $16, free shipping code EMCKJKD32
Sapphire 6850 + 16GB flash drive - $182 - $167AR + $1 ship
1TB Hitachi Deskstar - $50 after code EMCKJKC22
Windows 7 - $100
Xigmatek 600W PSU - $60 - $40AR + 2 ship

Total: $632+ $3 shipping = $630 initial cost - $35 in rebates = $595 Final total
+$55 from case = $650 build total, including OS

In my thread about the build there are some links to reviews on the PSU, which isn't one of the normal recommendations here, and also info on the Deskstar which I used instead of the Spinpoint.
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January 12, 2011 1:40:12 PM

hmm what do you guys think of this one?

MOBO: Asus P7H55-M H55 V/ddr3/micro ATX

CPU: Phenom II x4 955/965

GPU: PC HD5770 1gb ddr5 hdmi Vortex fan

Memory: 4gb (2x2) Kingston 1333 ddr3

HDD: WD 500gb sata 3.0

PSU:Thermaltake LitePower 700w

casing:Thermaltake V3 black mesh

not sure about the Phenom 955 have to check the shops here in the philippines and the Samsung spinoff F3, will the 5770 be able to handle the incoming games in 2011??
January 12, 2011 1:49:14 PM

The mobo you picked is for Intel CPU and you have an AMD CPU. You want something like the 870 or 880 motherboards or even cheaper the 770.

If playing at 1920 x 1080 that card is too weak. I would sooner drop the CPU and get a better graphics card, similar to the build maawdawg went with, though you can save money on the case by getting a cheaper one

Also, 700W is way more power than you need, I would drop it to a lower one of better quality (such as Corsair, or even Antec)
January 14, 2011 1:08:32 AM

how about the MSI 890GXM-G65 AMD 890 Xfire? and replace the GPU with the PC HD6850? why drop the CPU??
January 14, 2011 8:55:58 AM

If you can afford the 890 and a 6850 then by all means go with it it's actually a build I am doing for my brother. The reason I suggested dropping CPU was based on your last buy which had a nice CPU but a weak GPU - I figured money constraints meant you made sacrifices to the GPU and in that kind of situation dropping to a RANA 450 CPU to upgrade the GPU is worth it.

If you plan on using two cards at some point the 890 is well worth it. If not and you need to save money a cheaper board such as the 770/870/880 would suffice
January 16, 2011 2:09:58 AM

ohh okay :)  so would it be okay if i dropped my CPU for an Athlon 2 x3 440 and overclocked it and changed the GPU to a 6850 while getting xFire? will it bottleneck the system?? will that setup be able to play the coming games this year? because i'll mostly use the rig for gaming and watching movies. i was planning toget this build by march because of the price drop here in the phil. and also get another 6850 by april.


CPU: Athlon ii X3 440

GPU: PC HD6850 1gb ddr5 hdmi

Memory: 4gb (2x2) Kingston 1333 ddr3

HDD: WD 500gb sata 3.0

PSU:Corsair Tx series 80plus

January 16, 2011 1:31:19 PM

The x3 is a good CPU and if it means getting a more powerful GPU it is probably worth going with...having said that, if you plan is to XFire the cards then the CPU will be the pinch point
January 20, 2011 1:12:40 PM

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